Article Regarding Masks

Article Regarding Masks

Article from Newsday, November 18, 2021

Mandatory masks should continue to be used in schools, health care facilities, jails, homeless shelters, buses and other places, a state health panel recommended Thursday morning.

Hours later, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that 80% of New Yorkers age 18 and older were fully vaccinated, even though COVID-19 indicators continued to shoot up on Long Island and statewide as the holiday season got underway after Halloween.

The state Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council approved renewing the emergency regulation on face coverings for COVID-19 prevention. State Department of Health officials said the renewed measure should be effective Nov. 24, the date the 90-day emergency mask rule was set to expire. It was unclear Thursday when the regulation would expire next.

The initial emergency regulation had been approved by the same panel in July and authorized by the state commissioner of health in August.